Davos participants can eliminate 3 million tonnes of CO2 by switching to low-emission fleets
Organisations attending the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting in Davos this month have the potential to eliminate three million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) by switching to low-emission fleets. This is one of the key findings of the first annual Sustainable Fleet Benchmark published today by LeasePlan Corporation N.V., a world leader in fleet management and mobility solutions.
The new Benchmark also underlines the significant contribution that business fleets can make to the fight against climate change and highlights organisations that are already making a difference by switching to sustainable fleets.
The 1,808 organisations attending the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos-Klosters have about 813,000 vehicles in their fleets, which together emit about 3.09 million tonnes of CO2 per year.
As environmental awareness increases, fleets are gradually shifting to alternative powertrains, especially battery-powered electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids. The proportion of alternative powertrain vehicles in company fleets increased from 3.3% in 2015 to 4.3% in 2017.
Continued action is needed as average CO2 emissions increased slightly in 2017 for the first time since 2012. This is due to the increased penetration of petrol vehicles as well as the first increase in average mileage since 2013.
The Benchmark identifies 3 profiles for sustainable fleets: Pioneer, Transformer and Leader. The technological sector contains the greatest number of companies with a Leader profile.
Companies with a Leader profile include Baidu and the EDF Group, the IKEA Group and Royal HaskoningDHV.
Tex Gunning, LeasePlan CEO, says: "Climate change, and how to prevent it, is one of the major topics at this year’s World Economic Forum meeting in Davos. Around half the cars on the road today belong to companies and a move towards more environmentally friendly fleets would be one of the best ways to reduce global emissions. Corporate fleets must be a part of this conversation. It is as simple as a decision from top leadership saying ‘we will make the switch’, and that can happen today. LeasePlan is committed to helping any organisation that wants to make a positive contribution to this historic challenge.”